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and a focal threat against -- a vocal threat against americans if he carries it out. and days to go before the election and vincent gray is ahead of fenty in a poll. this may be decided by the race of the voters. and two newspapers divided by their endorsed will join us live to discuss their selections coming up this hour. and it was once considered polluted, carrying everything from trash to raw sewage but a new study shows the potomac is making a cleaner comeback. why this effects your health coming up. fox 5 morning news at 7:00 starts right now. take a look outside. a beautiful start to this thursday morning. it is september 9th, 2010. thanks for being with us this morning. i'm steve chenevey. >> and i'm allison seymour. a little bit cool though.
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coming into fall. i can al-qaeda feel it. tony perkins showing us the rest of the day. >> a wonderful start to the day and today will be a very, very nice day. want to show you the satellite radar. not just for the region but for the eastern united states. we're in the clear this morning. you have plenty of clear sky and sunshine. things look really good. pleasant start to the day. out to west, that's where there is a lot of rain. that associated with hermine, the remnants of what was tropical storm hermine bringing heavy rain to areas, even tornado activity in parts of texas yesterday. all of that precipitation making its way eastward and could bring us some rain by sunday. now let's go back to the graphics. current temperatures around the region, we are at -- well those are the highs from yesterday. here are the current temperatures around the region. 65 degrees right now in washington.
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62 in annapolis. quantico is at 61. dulles is 57. gaithersburg 54 degrees. your forecast for today looks like this: sunny skies, quite breezy, cooler with a high of 78 degrees. winds could gust up to 25 miles per hour. that's a look at the weather. now an update on traffic from julie wright. >> still dealing with the disabled truck, squeezing by on the left. so that's where the activity is on the ramp from the inner loop to exit out bound route 4 pennsylvania avenue. the beltway, no problems leaving college park toward 270. traffic slow georgia avenue. and kenilworth at buchanan for a crash. suitland with another wreck reported as well. traffic volume heavy and steady but incident free. live shot of 95 north of route
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1 past lorton slow. traffic slow again in springfield on to 395. slow to occuquan road. and on the inner loop congested leaving braddock road to 66. that's a check of your fox 5 on- time traffic. our top story, u.s. officials continue to con democrat a small florida church's plan to have a koran burning event on 9/11. gurvir joins us with the latest. >> reporter: more government leaders are condemning the plans by a small florida church to burn korans on 9/11. even sarah palin is urging jones not to do it. it is also enraging muslims. some are promises deadly retaliation. despite public pressure from the white house, the state department and even the vatican. pastor terry jones said he still plans to hold a koran burning event in a church in florida. >> as of right now, we are not
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convinced that backing down is the right thing. so on september the 11th we shall continue with our plan. >> reporter: hillary clinton telling the council of foreign relations that she hopes the pastor would change his mind. >> it's regrettable that a pastor in gainesville, florida, with a church of no more than 50 people can make this outrageous and distressful, disgraceful plan and get the world's attention. but that's the world we live in right now. >> reporter: general david petraeus has said it would put american troops in afghanistan and americans around the globe in danger. >> any activity that puts our troops in harm's way is a concern to the administration. >> reporter: it is reaching muslims worldwide. they have been angerly protesting. some are promising the type of violence against americans that petraeus warned of.
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>> i think the first and most important attraction afterwards is that any americans seen they will be killed. no matter where they are seen in the world, they will be killed. >> reporter: and you can add one more voice against the chorus, robert gates said during a private staff meeting that he strongly endorses the cautionary comments of general petraeus. back to you, steve. >> much more ahead. in the next hour we'll look at the reaction from leaders across the globe. another big story this morning to tell you about. new developments in the race for d.c. mayor. a new clarus poll shows vincent gray ahead of mayor fenty by 7 points which makes the next few days crucial for both men. sarah simmons joins us live from an early polling place in northeast d.c. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, allison. the numbers show as well that vincent gray's lead has been
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growing over the past three weeks. something this poll also shows is that if there is high black voter turnout, it is possible fenty could lose the race. either way both candidates are fighting very hard to win. the latest poll is more good news for vincent gray, whose lead has grown since august in the latest clarus poll. it is the third poll to put gray on top. but there is still no clear-cut winner. >> it's clear our message is getting out across the silty and people are supporting us. and the message for those working on the campaign, keep working hard. >> reporter: fenty issued a statement saying the only numbers that matter is the count on election day. we are out on doorsteps every day getting our message out to as many voters as we can. >> i think it will be really close at the end. i've been reading a little bit about the polls, but i just think things will tighten up at
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the end. >> reporter: the clarus poll does make clear the city is divided between black and white voters and the candidates. fenty leads with a 68% margin with white voters. >> i know his personality is an issue for people, but i don't know that many about gray. >> reporter: and gray leads fenty with 62% of african- american voters. gray thinks he knows why. >> we have to give people the confidence that this is a city that cares about people getting the training and being able to get to work, have a job available to them when that training is over with. >> reporter: still the clarus poll has 14% of voters undecided, which means the election is in their hands. >> if there was a candidate in the race for mayor that i would say could do that, it would be gray. it would be gray.
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but again, fenty, he hasn't broken the city. the city is thriving. >> reporter: now another poll that cake out yesterday in the city paper shows gray with an even larger gray. 50% compared to 39% for fenty. we tried contacting the mayor for a comment on camera, several times actually, but we were told by his campaign that he was unavailable. back to you, allison and steve. >> sarah, thank you. mayor fenty will continue to campaign today after spending part of his day yesterday at the ground- breaking for a new park. fox 5 has learned that the mayor wants president obama to endorse him. vincent gray said he has not sought support from the white house but he would almost it. gray spent the day at a senior citizen home to garner support. well both fenty and gray have picked up their share of endorsements, including those from local newspapers. coming up this hour, representatives from two newspapers, one backing fenty and the other gray, will discuss how they came to their
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decision. and fox 5 is your home for the d.c. race for mayor. head to our home page to find polling locations and watch the debates held on our air, including the one between the two candidates. it's all just a click away. the attorney general getting involved in an election controversy. doug gansler trying to get to the bottom of the fake sample ballots making false claims about endorsements. he said they are made to look like the official democratic party sample ballots but they are not. a judge has issued a restraining order to stop them from circulating. new this morning, new details on a deadly shooting in prince george's county. we have learned the victim was just 15 years old. investigators say justin pinal was shot and killed on tuesday night in the 6800 block of
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central avenue in capitol heights. the teenager died the next day. anybody with information is asked to call police. m coulding up next on fox 5 morning news, a wildfire in colorado forces thousands from their homes and crews are still nowhere close to containing the blaze. we'll have the latest coming up next. and the potomac is making a big comeback from the days of being ruined by pollution. we'll look at what is helping the river get clean and how it can have a big impact on your health. and as we head to the break, let's take a look outside. it is a nice start to this day. it is 10 minutes past 7:00 on this thursday morning. we'll check in with tony after the break with the forecast and julie has traffic for us coming up next as well.   [music throughout] hi, home. i'm home. genuine glee. just $14.99 and $79.99. find what makes you happy at a price that makes you homegoods happy.
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welcome back. we're taking a look in texas right now where parts of texas and oklahoma still feeling the effects of the latest tropical storm. the remnants of the storm forced more than 100 high-water rescues in swamp city neighbors. who deaths attributed to hermine and thousands more are staying in shelters. it also spawned several tornadoes. a wildfire burning near boulder, colorado. now the most destructive in the state's history. more than 6200 acres have burned and 135 homes have been destroyed. so far no word of any deaths but four people are missing. the blaze is only 10% contained right now. 7:14. and tony joins us up here for a look at this day. and noticeably cooler, i thought, this morning. >> absolutely. and cooler than yesterday morning. and certainly we're going to have a cooler day overall today. yesterday we made it up into the 90s, today we won't get out
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of the 70s, one or two spots might get to about 80 but that is about it. and let's look at temperatures at the local airports. at reagan national we remain at 65 degrees. dulles international at 57. bwi marshall is at 57 degrees. across the mid-atlantic. pittsburgh 55. columbus, ohio, 45 degrees. want to feel like fall, head out there. our overnight lows tonight in the 50s. so we've got our own cool air in place and more coming in. now this is a look at the satellite radar. nothing much going on here. we have high pressure settling in. it might be breezy today. i do think that behind the front, but fog in the way of precipitation or cloud cover. out to the west, there is all of the rain. you were just talking about the flooding in parts of texas and oklahoma. well there are flood watches and warnings in effect for parts of arkansas, missouri and as far north as southern portions of illinois because of the remnants of hermine and in a could bring us some rain on
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sunday. it will be much-needed rain actually. five-day forecast, high today only about 78 degrees. sunny and quite breezy. winds could gust at times up to 25 miles per hour. tomorrow the winds die down. 77 degrees and sunny. just wonderful. saturday fantastic, 80 degrees and sunny. sunday the clouds roll in. we'll see some rain and we could see some thunderstorm activity as well. we have to keep our eyes open. we'll fine-tune that forecast for the redskins game on sunday night and then quiet again on sunday. >> that is a good looking forecast. >> and heads up, next week it looks like a cold front will come through. >> let's not drop it down too much, too quickly because julie wright will hibernate. >> steve knows me well. busy commute innorth of the the inbound 14th street bridge, that's where we have the accident activity blocking the left lane in the main line. so as you travel northbound, trying to head up toward the
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14th street bridge, i have a two-car accident blocking the left side. another vehicle moved out of the way. not sure if that was involved in the crash or not. but that's off to the left shoulder. overall delays are stacking up traveling north from king street inbound toward the 14th street bridge. let me take it inside because there are more trouble to report on the outer loop in virginia. as you commute to the outer loop, this is the beltway at route 1 at college park, the inner loop very slow as you continue around toward the ikea and the bw parkway into the sun. the outer loop of the become slowing from the -- beltway slowing from georgia avenue. on this top stretch, the lanes are open. a big car fire, still smoking with the black smoke still coming up. outer loop of the beltway at robinson terminal before you commit to springfield inter change, that's where the two right lanes are closed due to the fire and look for braddock headed toward the exit for 95 south. this is the inner loop and this is rubbernecking, slow from the springfield interchange toward 66. on the inner loop everything is open. again it is the outer loop,
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right side of the road blocked with the car fire. still seeing black smoke which means this thing is still on fire. two right lanes are blocked. delays from braddock toward the springfield interchange. this is a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. making -- making headlines, the potomac river is cleaner today than it has been in decades but it's safe to say most people in our area still think we have a long way to go. there are concerns when it comes to our health since it's the source of our drinking water. joining us with more insight is robin broader who is the vice president of potomac river keeper. thanks for joining us. how was this study received by river keeper? it had to be good news? >> yes. it was very good news. it shows when we invest in our infrastructure, like wastewater treatment plants, you can make
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significant reductions in pollution, in this case nutrient pollution going to our river and our river will rebound. that over time it will recover. this study was in the south of d.c. it showed how the wastewater treatment plan called blue plain, the technology improvements there reduced the nitrogen load to the river and the grasses have rebounded going south from d.c. in sort of the tidal portion of the river. >> and this is significant because in the worst of the days, you could see and smell the problem on the potomac. tell us where we've come from. let us know how bad it was once. >> well it had significant algae bloom that would rot and smell. and when the algae -- well it would hide -- cover the top of the water so the sunlight wasn't getting down to the
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vegetation and it would die but when the algae would die it would rot and eat up the oxygen in the water and fish would die. and it was stinky and visually not pleasant. today you still have algae blooms but not near as bad. but what we -- what we're concerned with now are the things that you don't see or smell, necessarily. we do have new concerns for the river. >> and those are mainly chemicals, right? odorless chemicals, tell us about that. >> we have a number of chemicals coming off of our land, off of our roads, off of us, and we have pesticides, herbicides and personal care products like shampoos and lotions and things of that nature and those are much more difficult to control or regulate when you have water
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coming off of farm land, off of our lan -- our lawns and our roads, that's difficult to figure out how to control and regulate, as opposed to something coming out of a pipe from a wastewater treatment plant. so that's the biggest challenge. what we've found in the potomac river is that a number of them have intersects where you have male fish with eggs and that's something that we find very concerning. i consider it our canary in a coal mine because this is our source of water for 4 million people. >> it's scary to think this is the water we drink and we should pay attention. >> right. and what you need to look at is that the wastewater treatment plants and water treatment plants, the water that is going in and coming out, the
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chemicals are not changing, the systems are not made to treat or screen for these chemicals and they are made to work in very, very low doses. so even though people will say extremely low doses, you don't know how they will work in combination and how it effects our wildfire or perhaps us. and there needs to be further research of course, better coordination of research across the jurisdictions, across the federal agencies, the epa, the environmental protection agency needs to step up the program for screening. it was funded many, many years ago but they haven't yet to identify any that would be cause for -- that that would ban, perhaps, from our use. a lot of people have heard about bpa and things like that. but there are a number of less
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known chemicals that people could avoid in their personal care products perhaps. >> and these are things that we can all do to help. >> right. exactly. >> to clean up the potomac. >> yes. and buying produce from farms that don't use heavy pesticides, one in particular, need to be changed. >> thanks to organization like yours, we're aware of it. robin broaden, thank you so many. the latest, a ruling on whether religious displays will be allowed on the grounds at the loudoun county courthouse. and later it brings the arts and food together. holly has more on arts on foot, which you can check out today. it's 7:23. we'll be right back. e
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after four years, adrian fenty is now apologizing.
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he never apologized for giving control of $82 million in city contracts to his frat brothers. no apology for his secret trips and missed appearances, for record-high unemployment and overspending the budget. and no apology for what the washington post calls "silly fights with the d.c. council," "unnecessary government secrecy," "shutting out community voices." we're sorry, mayor fenty -- some things you just can't forgive.
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holiday displays will be aloud at loudoun county -- will be aloud at loudoun county courthouse. they will allow unattended displays to be placed on the public grounds of the courthouse. a county committee had recommended banning all displays because they feared sandals might -- vandals may strike. and coming up, gray and fenty have picked up their share of endorsements from local newspapers. coming up next, the two newspapers will join us to discuss how they came to their decision. it's now 7:27.
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it's 7:30 right now on this thursday morning. tony is with us as we're starting to see a little bit of change out there.
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>> a little bit of fall. >> a taste of fall. just in time for football season. kicking off tonight as a matter of fact. >> football season starts. >> very good. we're going to have fall-like conditions for the next several days. cooler temperatures and quiet across the region. let's start by looking at view and show you a satellite radar image. things are quiet around here this morning and they will be for the next several days. but we've broadened the victim so you can see what is going on. those are the remnants from her mean. which was a tropical storm and tropical depression. bringing rain to the plains. we have flood watches in effect for parts of missouri, arkansas, into southern illinois as well. this is the weather system which is going to be our next weather maker. by sunday we expect some rain and maybe some thunderstorms for sunday.
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let's go back to the graphics. we'll start with the surface map for today and show you what is happening. there is your cold front. it has come through and done a number of things. number one, it has dropped our temperatures. number two it has brought us drier air so our humidity levels are low. 51% humidity right now. that's fantastic. it has also brought us a little bit of a breeze and i do expect to see the breeziness kick up more later on today. the winds could gust up to 20 miles per hour but it's going to be sunny, temperatures in the upper 70s for your high as opposed to the low to mid-90s where we were yesterday. current temperatures around the region, right now 65 degrees here in the district. a lot of 50s out there. you'll see more 50s tonight and tomorrow morning as our temperatures drop even lower than they did last night. 57 is your current in baltimore. 62 in fredericksberg, winchester is at 61 degrees. there is a new tropical storm to talk about. it is off the coast of africa near the cape verde islands where there is a tropical storm warning. it is minimally a tropical
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storm at this point but we expect it to get more organized and intensefy a little bit. it is a long way away from any eastern land mass in our part of the world. so we're not worried about it at this point but it bears watching into next week. forecast for today looks like this: mostly sunny, windy, much cooler, high of about 78 degrees. then for the five-day forecast, tomorrow another beautiful day, less breezy, 77. saturday fantastic. you have to be outside. sunshine and 80 degrees. saturday is the better of the two days. sunday we get much-needed rainfall, clouds, temperatures still in the low 80s. that's what is happening with the weather. now let's go to julie wright and find out what is happening on the area roads. >> what isn't happening? we just showed you this camera. two left lanes are tied up at the scene of the crash past the
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pentagon and toward the 14th street bridge. at least two vehicles involved in this crash with participants on the scene. delays beginning back near king street toward the potomac across the 14th street bridge. to the other side of town, where we have delays at the robinson terminal due to a vehicle fire. we were told it was a bus fire. a lot of smoke across the beltway. the fire has been extinguished. however, traffic on the outer loop squeezes by single file to the left is your destination is the wilson bridge. heading southbound on 95, you line up to the right in order to continue southbound down toward springfield and newington. nonetheless, everybody here on the inner loop rubbernecking past the scene toward 66. here is the problem off of the beltway, inner loop to exit out bound route 4 pennsylvania avenue. this is where we have the stalled truck. we've been talking about this for a couple of hours. we've been told from authorities that the problem is
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the back end of the truck is ng off the vehicle and that's why it is stuck there and causing delays out bound on route 4. once you get into the grass and curb to get by it, but expect delays on route 4 pennsylvania avenue. that's a check of your fox 5 on- time traffic. both mayor fenty and gray have picked up endorsements for votes in the next primary. it's a long standing tradition for newspapers to weigh in on their choices for candidates and this year the mayor and chairman have gotten their votes. joining us, david mendoza, and davis kennedy, publisher of the current mag, endorsing gray. and david, what led you to the endorsement that you went with? >> i guess it would be two
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things. the most important issue in this election is going to be education reform. and reforming of the district public schools, it seems quite clear, that mayor fenty is very committed to this, that he's sent chancellor rhee in there like a bowl in a china shop to fix it. and chairman gray, on the other hand, talks about how education reform has to go on at a sustainable pace, that the system by which teachers are evaluated is unfair which sounds a lot to us like -- that education reform is over if he wins. and as much as he likes to talk about it, that that will be the end of it, that all of the improvements that have been made so far will probably either stop there or go back to the days where the schools are
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guaranteed lifetime employment plan for the teacher's union. >> and the same thing, davis. >> we have serious problems with the appearance of corruption. the bannicker, which is owned by some of his fraternity brothers, mayor fenty replaced a long-time supporters of his who wanted to -- head of the housing authority, who wants to push the contract back to the city, which would have made it very difficult to execute. the contract, this followed bill slove, is very experienced in contracts and subcontracts. he said usually the supervisor and nobody in the fenty office have denied this and all of the
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other research indicated it's true, gets between 3-5% of the contract. the fraternity brothers were getting 9%, plus 9% of whatever the subcontracts were, which is 18%. when slove said he was going to basically end the contract and push it back to city itself, away from the housing authority, he was immediately, within two hours, replaced. and that looks -- that was the deciding factor with us. >> let me ask you, because a lot of people have tried to draw a virtual line through parts of the city and some people say that the mayor will get the support of the georgetown community and that he has been trying to get the support of the georgetown community. so do you think the weight of your endorsement of his opponent will effect things. >> well we don't just cover
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georgetown. i think other endorsements will have a real effect. i expect that fenty will still get a majority of the votes in our area, but i think they will go down a bit. and about education, mr. gray accurately, in my opinion, recognizes that 90% of brain development takes place before you are 5 years old. and he has pushed pre-k education. when we asked mr. fenty, do you believe we should have some kind of educational process from birth to 4 years old, he said no. mr. gray with a big smile said definitely. >> and david let me ask you, your counterpart talked about mayor fenty and you said that perhaps the results speak louder than whatever opinion they may form by attitude or things like that, right? >> well it really seems like this election is being decided,
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if you believe the polls and see everything, it is being decided on style and not on substance. i drive from one end of georgia avenue to another and i see something being built on every blockch i see city services working well. i see for the first time in a decade that things are working in d.c. despite an economic downturn. it seems like why would you fix what isn't broken. and particularly again with education reform. but you look at what is happening, it's hard to argue with success but we have this business about style and sensitivity. sometimes the city needs a mayor that it doesn't like very much. new york city has gone through that a few times and it's benefited them. i don't know -- fenty apparently never reached out to people enough but you can't argue with success. >> and the challenge right now falls on mayor fenty because most polls have gray ahead, how does he overcome that in the last week before the primary?
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>> well i don't know. it's not necessarily clear that he can. but he has to work hard for the rest of the week and focus on the accomplishments that he's made and probably going negative near the end which is what candidates do when they get behind. >> thank you. we appreciate it. fox 5 is your home for the d.c. race for mayor. you can hend to and you'll find the polling locations and watch the debates we've held on our, including our debate between the two candidates is all just one click away. allison. >> steve, thank you. and we have much more ahead on today's top story. the planned koran burning protest that will spark worldwide outrage. we'll look at closer reaction from leaders across the globe. and first we are remembering the billionaire philanthropist who once owned
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this tv station. he sold this station and six others to rupert murdock in 1985 and that's how the fox television network was born. he was successful in the cell phone industry. he was ranked the wealthiest man in the country in the 90s. he died near his home in charlottesville and was 95 years old. and this morning we remember rich cronin. the group best known for summer girls. he died yesterday after a long battle with leukemia. he was 35 years old. ai
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checking sports headlines. albert haynesworth remains a member of the redskins. there were rumors that he would be traded. the redskins gm said no. shanahan tried to clear things up yesterday. >> albert will be with our team on sunday, yes. >> mike, you just stated that he will be with you on the team
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on monday. >> i thought i would help you -- i know you have a job to do. we'll just leave it at that. >> if somebody calls you right now and had something they wanted to talk about, you're saying you wouldn't listen to that. >> i guess he didn't hear what i said, did he? i said what. >> he said he would be with the team on sunday. there is nothing that can change that. >> you guys are tough. >> well you never know. if he wasn't here, i think you would call me a liar. and you would have the right to do that. >> so apparently word is he'll be here on sunday. so we'll see how he does. let's take it at face value. i could never do that. i would just cave. just ask me a question and i would follow-up. master politician and coaches. >> what a spokesperson. >> he's good. >> what allison means to say is she just wants to tell the
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truth, straight up. >> and you can't. i'm going to tell the truth as far as i am able to. and to the best of my ability right now. i believe this is what is will be happening during the next couple of days. here is a look at your temperature trend map. our average high is 81 degrees right now and we're going to be below average for the next couple of days. a high today in the upper 70s. same tomorrow. much milder than yesterday. yesterday our temperature was well into the 90s. it will be breezy today as well. take a look at saturday, sunday and 80 degrees. not bad. sunday we'll have rain and 81 degrees. yesterday reagan national shot up to 96 degrees. much to my dismay. i didn't think we'd get to 96. >> you can't be like that. you have to says that what i said. >> i said 89 yesterday and i was wrong. and i apologize.
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>> see, you can't do that job either. you're too straightforward. >> and holding a record at 93 degrees. here is the local satellite radar. and precipitation free. a pretty day today. mild and breezy, winds up to 20- 25 miles per hour, temperatures today in the upper 70s with plenty of sunshine. do enjoy it. >> and if that's not what you see, you could call him a liar and you would not be wrong. >> you would be fair to call me that. >> from the coach's perspective. let's focus on julie wright. >> that's not nice. be nice to tony p. >> you missed the first part. it's all if love. >> all right. as long as we're feeling the love. except on the roads this morning. that's where the heat is on. 395 northbound, problems with the pentagon exit. and not much has changed. a tow truck on the scene trying to remove the accident vehicles but traffic is squeezing by
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single file to the right headed for the inbound 14th street bridge and traffic is stacking up well before king street. it looks like one continuous delay from duke street across the 14th street bridge. so what the state trooper is doing is stopping traffic to get the vehicles off the road, over to the shoulder and out of your way and sweep up the rest of the debris. but delays beginning back at duke street. the springfield interchange, one lane to the left and one lane to the right getting by that car fire. that's a check of your fox 5 on- time traffic. holly is checking out arts on foot in northwest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. and what a gorgeous morning it is. absolutely perfect for you to be outside and see all the creativity there is here in the nation's capital. it's called arts on foot. it's going on right now. we'll tell you how to be a part of it and take advantage of it
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7:52 right now. you can experience visual arts, culture and cuisine on the arts on foot event through saturday. >> holly is in northwest to learn more about the festival and tell us about it.
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holly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the actual festival is on saturday but you're right, they have events going on now and leading up to that. and the whole point of all of this is to kick off the fall se rich burn is from the downtown district. >> good morning. >> and what a morning. >> reporter: absolutely gorgeous and this event you've been having for 18 years. >> it started 18 years ago to remind them there was a downtown. now we don't have to do that any more. >> reporter: no. they know it's here. and in the 18 years it's growing bigger and better. >> before it featured the local arts and now it's kicking off the city. >> reporter: and what can people take advantage of during this event. >> today we start with 50 artists here. by saturday we'll add another 50. there will be entertainment, we have specials offering special
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attractions and the art institutes are open for people to come and visit and stuff for kids to do. so it's a full family affectiveity. >> reporter: what is the best way to get to the events? should we metro down? >> there are places to park. we always had places to park. but certainly take the metro. i would say come down early, sort of enjoy the day and get some food and eat and just kind of wander the downtown. >> reporter: do you think people will be surprised that all they'll find here or do you think they know it is here. >> well i think most people know that the washington, d.c. downtown is here. we have over 10 million visitors every year and that's more than the mall, and they know the verizon center and the portrait gallery, but this place is full of smaller museums and art shops and this is an attempt to feature that and we invite them down this
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weekend. >> reporter: and we thank you for inviting us. it's good to see you. and we have one artist that got up early for us this morning. this is lou gag non tell me about your art >> my job is to make a mess and then i have to learn my wau out of it. and that's the way you learn about color. >> reporter: oh, i love that. how did you get started in. >> i was an architect in an earlier life, and after designing a hotel in tokyo, i was sent to montana to paint with some artists and that's what i decided i wanted to do. >> reporter: and we know artists like you are part of a lot of shows, and that means you're good, so to be a part of this festival, what does it mean to you? >> well there are a couple of
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things it means, one, it's a great location. it's great to share your work with people directly. and the other thing that is fantastic for me is that one of my passions is teaching and so the part of the proceeds that i get from selling my work directly to the public goes to subsidizing summer camps for kids. >> reporter: wonderful. and you're here during the art market. do you like people to come up and interact and ask questions. >> absolutely. that's why we're here. it's great to talk about the work and talk about art in general. questions are always welcome. >> reporter: and the art community in the greater washington area, how would you describe it? >> i think it is fantastic. there is such a great range of diversity and all of the work being created right now. >> reporter: thank you for sharing your account with us. gorgeous paintings you have. we have a link to the washington examine arts on foot
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on saturday. come down and see the different artists and their work. next hour we'll focus on the performance arts if you come out and take part in the festival. back to you in the studio. coming up, vanity sizing. not just taking place in women. >> men find out how big the size 36 pants really are. and then last winter we saw a lot of snow. so what is in store for us this year. those behind the farmer's almanac will join us for their predictions at 9:00.  cockledoodledooooo! i do 22 more inspections than the government requires. and my fresh, all-natural chickens are never given any hormones or steroids. ♪ ...and no candy, gladys. [ clucks ] [ male announcer ] perdue. extra inspections... extraordinary chicken.
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forecast. and change from what we've been seeing. >> changes in the weather conditions. we've been used to warm to hot conditions. today much milder and that will be the case for the foreseeable future. let me show you the weather headlines. here they are, boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen. here they come. we're not set up. i can tell the headlines to you. we're going to see fine conditions today. it's going to be cooler today. that's the main thing with the cool air mass having come in. cooler air is here. temperatures this morning in the 50s and 60s. temperatures in the 50s tonight across most of the region. so a very cool night. tropical storm igor has formed. it's off the coast of africa. no worries about that one as of yet, not for us. and some rain on sunday is a possibility. about a 40-50% chance. current temperatures look like this: we are at 65 degrees
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right now. there we go. the computer is jammed up. now it's 66 degrees. 63 in annapolis. 63 in manassas. 57 in gaithersburg. and 61 in leonardtown. here is a look at the satellite radar. things are pretty quiet around our region. we have mostly clear skies and a fine start to the day. your forecast for today, sunny skies and windy. much cooler. high of 78 degrees. winds could gust up to 20 or 25 miles per hour later on so be aware. >> that might feel cool out there, against the wind with the temperatures in the 70s. not used to it. >> thanks tony. you know what that means, julie wright. >> get out the scarf and the gloves. >> it means the beginning of the end. >> don't say it. it's not so. all right, on the road this is morning it has been quite a busy commute and it still is. outer loop of the beltway, central avenue, two lanes tied up. the inner loop slow out of landover and past the scene.
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again in virginia, here is the deal approaching the springfield interchange. a switched the camera to give you a better perspective. this is the outer loop, so coming from tysons and 66 down to springfield. we had the bus fire and traffic squeezing by to the right on to southbound 95 and working down to springfield and beyond. and then traffic on the far left and this will take you in the direction of the wilson bridge. so it's one of the -- one to the right, one to the left, and working down toward the springfield interchange. northbound slow approaching the quantico exit. still delays lingering in woodbridge and approaching lorton. 395 where the accident was at pentagon, that has been cleared to the shoulder but still heavy and slow from duke street headed north. here is a problem. at the end of the inner loop to exit, this truck is mixing an axle, according to authorities. so it's difficult to maneuver this guy out of the roadway.
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traffic has been going off the curb and into the grass. expect delays here. no incidents to report downtown. lanes are open across the anacostia bridges. that's a check of your fox 5 on- time traffic. president barack obama asking a florida pastor to call off his plans to burn copies of the koran on saturday to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. the president called it a subject and said the event is completely contrary to americans. he said it's a recruitment bonanza for al-qaeda. but jones is not showing signs of backing down. we get reaction from ainsley earhart. >> where ever americans are seen, they will be killed, no matter where they will be in the world, they'll be killed. >> reporter: that comes from a muslim cleric in afghanistan, days before a florida pastor plans to burn the koran. terry joan's planned action has sparked outrage in kabul. >> we will not be able to
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control our people. we are muslims and we will do whatever we are able to do. >> reporter: speaking outside of his tiny center, jones refuses to back down. >> something is wrong. it is time for us to stand up, confront terrorism. >> reporter: a central florida imam whose religion pastor jones believes is of the devil is pleading for cancellation of the event. >> we think he can express his feelings in a different way, in a more civilized way, in a dialogue and i'm sure the world would listen to his points of view. >> it doesn't in in any way represent america or americans or american government or american religious or political leadership. >> reporter: and even others are issuing criticism. >> i find it in a few words only simply disrespectful,
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abhorrent and simply wrong. >> reporter: as religious leaders from the u.s. and beyond react, the tension is palpable. >> we have an obligation to inform the public and defend the crime. >> it is a very small group, but the perception given outside will be big and it is very, very dangerous. >> reporter: the state department has ordered u.s. embassies worldwide to assess their security ahead of saturday's event. it's not clear how many embassies have completed such a review, but americans in algeria have already been alerted. ainsley earhart, fox news. our other big story this morning, new developments in the race for d.c. mayor. new poll numbers once again show council chair vincent gray ahead of mayor fenty. in the meantime both candidates are working feverishly for votes. sarah simmons joins us live from an early polling place in northeast d.c. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, allison. they are both working very hard for the votes. but this makes it obvious that
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mayor fenty is trying to hope to push ahead because he's seeking the endorsement of a very big name -- president barack obama. the latest clarus poll shows that fenty isn't doing as well in african-american wards compared to gray. but president barack obama is still very popular in those neighborhoods so he's hoping a endorsement from the white house will help. we haven't heard anything from this. and he'd been -- and the clair is poll showing that he's ahead. both gray and fenty have been campaigning but there is still no clear-cut winner. 14% of the voters are undecided which means it is still in
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their hands. but gray is confident. take a listen. >> this is the message for those working on our campaign, keep working hard. at the end of the day the only poll that is taken on september 14th and the vote that rules me as the next mayor of district of columbia. >> reporter: now mayor fenty was not available for an on- camera interview but the campaign did sends a statement from him saying that the only numbers that matter is the count when polls close on election day. he said we are out on doorsteps every day getting our message out to as much voters as we can. still a lot of voterred undecided. it shows the election is still very much up for grabs come next tuesday. back to you. maryland's attorney general is now getting involved in an
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election controversy in prince george's county. doug gansler is trying to get to the bottom of a fake sample ballot being mailed out and handed out. they make false claims about enforcements and even who is running for what office. gansler said they're made to look at the democratic party sample ballot, but they are not. >> this is completely illegal, belateenly illegal and violation of state election laws because there is a committee put on that ballot which doesn't exist and is not registered in the state of maryland. >> about 3,000 sample ballots were created bia county circumstance -- but a county circuit court judge is trying to stop them from being circulated. a deadly shooting in prince george's county. it turns out the victim is 15 years old. justin pinal was shot and killed around 9:00 on thursday
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night in capitol heights. he died from his injuries. anybody with information is asked to call police. time now is 9 minutes after 8:00 on this thursday morning. and coming up next, checking out other stories making headlines. >> and that includes paying for this year's snow removal. and then the president as plan to fix the economy. stay with us. fox 5 morning news will be right ba 
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we look at stories making headlines this morning. fox 5 has confirmed a driver who hit two pedestrians before slamming into an adams morgan restaurant has been charged with driving while intoxicated. you see her here in police custody. this happened last night around 8:45. two women were walking on florida avenue near 18th and u. street when they were hit. both of them were hit. one has life-threatening
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injuries. a bus engulfed in flames when firefighters got there. no one was on the bus and the cause is under investigation. fema reimbursing metro for recovery costs of the storms. they were given $1 million for the storm in december. it is said that the storms cost more than $12.5 million for store removal. and we have something that will warm your heart. >> that's correct. without a doubt. because it is time for the my first 5 photo of the day. let's take a look at 2-year-old elijah. >> there is another model baby for you. >> his family said he's a entertainer and a huge michael jesus christ son fan. his favorite song is beat it.
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how about that. you can see he has a little attitude right there. >> a stage presence already. >> and looking over his shoulder. >> i love it. good morning, elijah. to send us your child's picture go to and click on mornings. here is a look at temperatures around the region. we're currently at 66 degrees here in the district. 63 in annapolis. we see more temperatures in the 60s than the 50s now. 62 at dulles, 68 in cambridge. martinsberg, west virginia is at 59 degrees. here is a look at the satellite radar composite for our region. it's quiet. mostly sunny skies and nothing really to talk about. cool and high pressure is in place, keeping things quiet. out to the west, rains from hermine moving through the plains states approaching the mississippi river valley. flooding companies are possible
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-- conditions are possible in arkansas, missouri, places like this and could bring rain to us on saturday. high today of 78 with sunshine and windy. winds could go up to 20-25 miles per hour. tomorrow less windy and nice. saturday brill yen. sunday, maybe some clouds and high of 81. we quiet down again on monday. now let's get the latest traffic from julie wright. >> still a lot happening on the outer loop. that's where we had the accident at central avenue. delays are easing from allentown road. still finding inbound 50 jammed up out of riverdale into northeast. d.c. parkway traffic slows from the beltway to the pepsi camp. let me take you into virginia. this is our big story. the remains of the bus fire on the outer loop after the robinson terminal. now traffic on the outer loop
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is able to squeeze by to the right to continue southbound on 95 and head in towards springfield. and two the left lanes now open on the this -- on the op in the direction of the wilson bridge. but stop and go leaving 236 and down toward the springfield interchange. rubbernecking and the brakes keep you slow on 66. and this has been with us all morning, this is the dump truck that lost his rear axle and that's why it's still sitting there on the ramp out bound to route 4. having a tough time getting that out of the roadway. state highway still there. that's a check of your fox 5 on- time traffic. the president has rolled out his latest plan for the economy and $50 billion worth of road projects and he's in
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favor of extending the tax cuts to the middle class but excluding those who make more than $250,000 a year. republicans say now is not the time to increase taxes on anyone. joining us now professor stein from georgetown mason -- george mason university. >> i think the president is trying to stimulate the economy again, regardless of what he says about stimulus packaging. this is designed to do that. and he's trying to go to what i consider to be one of the effective areas and that's in investment tax credits, getting planned equipment build and getting it out there and getting the infrastructure repairs and expanding those kind of things. and those are expanding jobs.
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not directly or immediately, but within the next 12 months, with someone did it today, in 12 months there would be job expansion. >> and let me talk about the dollar amount. and the question is can we afford to do this and then can we not afford to do this? >> right now we are running a huge deficit. we spent billions of dollars for the last stimulus. we spent billionors for the bailout -- billions for the bail out or the tarp and so it's not clear that the american public or the united states itself can afford to do these kind of big projects. >> one economic professor said the size of the proposal isn't large enough to have have an impact on society. can anything we do right now truly make a difference? a lot of americans are frustrated with the economy. >> i think there are two
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things. yes, it's not as large as it should be. at the same time, if you don't do it, then you're not stimulating business to do the right thing and the right thing is to invest. invest in new planned equipment, expand facilities and upgrade them and increase productivity and particularly the infrastructure. that's the big one. and we have a serious infrastructure problem in this country. at least this is a tart. ip thought we were going to get a start in the last stimulus package but that apparently didn't happen. >> and we heard about the tax credits, for some. what does this make -- what is the difference for us to make? >> well the wealthy will save
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it and in vest it in stocks, bonds, securities, it doesn't matter, it will end up into some investment. on the other hand, this is direct. the investment tax credits are direct and so you don't have to go through the water fall down into -- from somebody wealthy down into the investment. the investment tax credits have proven in the past to be very effective. and i think these are large enough perhaps right now, but they certainly are necessary. >> professor of finance at george mason university. thank you very much. >> thank you. and wild and dangerous weather in texas. and then we are live with the preview of the 18th annual arts on book event. featuring performing arts and culture and cuisine.
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the remnants of tropical storm hermine turned deadly in texas where two people died when their cars were submerged. search crews had to rescue more than 1 pun people from swamp neighbors. it is worst in arlington, texas but also effecting oklahoma this morning. and tornadoes ripped through the area in texas. one of the funnel clouds here. one truck driver is in the hospital this morning after one of the tornadoes slammed his truck into a warehouse. we are keeping watch of a massive wildfire out west. the blaze is burning out of control in and around boulder, colorado. the fire has scorched more than 6,000 acres and destroyed at least 135 homes. hundreds of firefighters have worked to contain about 10% of the blaze. they're facing increasingly dangerous conditions. >> we have several propane tanks that firefighters need to
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be cautious of. there are mining claims in that area. nairee steep mountain roads and power lines coming down and rolling debris and rattlesnakes and in some areas poison ivey. >> today evacuation areas will be lifted. some will still have to wait a while to get back into their homes. and vanity sizing. you know about it with women's fashion. >> now men find out how big the 36 pants really are. we'll look at how hard it is to kick the habit as well. stay with us. we have much more ahead on fox 5 morning news. ♪
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time now is 8:29. it is thursday morning. let's take a look at stories making headlines. a columbia man is charged with
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murder and arson after an apartment fire. damon white stabbed his ex-wife to death and then set her apartment on fire. white is hospitalized. police will take him into custody once he is released from the hospital. police in fairfax still looking for a person who attacked a woman at a bus at la vista drive and franconia road at 4:30 in the morning. somebody grabbed her from behind and sexually assaulted her. john lug owned what was then metro media broadcasting and he sold this station and several others to rupert murdock and that's how fox was born. and he was successful in cell phone and restaurant businesses. he was ranked the wealthiest man in the country in the 90s. he died in his home. good morning, a much cooler
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day today than yesterday. yesterday you probably thought it was july all over again, but it is definitely september. we have 66 degrees this hour at national airport. 61 at gaithersburg. 62 at baltimore. and 64 at manassas. and as we -- those temperatures are right there all over again. head up the mid-atlantic. that's what we want to do. 64 in boston and 63 in new york. while to the south richmond is at 64 degrees. but look at the cooler air out to the west. wow, 46 degrees in columbus, ohio. we had a cold front that moved through and that brought us an influx of cooler air across the region, but we are still talking plenty of sunshine. clear conditions across the area. high pressure in control. totally different story headed to the south. take a look where we have this huge mass of heavy rainfall from what was tropical storm hermine and that is actually headed our way. we are anticipated this to push closer to us in the later part of the weekend and that will bring us our chance of rain
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showers and some thunderstorms possibly by the time we hit sunday. but boy, do we ever need the rainfall around here. much-needed. and in the tropics, tropical storm igor has formed, it's near the cape verde islands but not doing very much right now. very poorly organized but by friday it could gain intensity so it does bear watching. but right now there is no threat as far as the eastern coast is concerned. five-day forecast, looking spectacular into the weekend. here is when the change comes in. a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms by sunday. we're back to sunshine on monday. temperatures staying on the cooler side but we are close to seasonal whereas yesterday we hit 96 degrees. we're not seeing that on this five-day. temperatures will basically stay into the 70s and the low 80s. let's check in with traffic now. how are the commuters doing this morning? we will find out and let's check in now with our own julie wright. it has not been an easy ride. on 95 and 495 in prince george's county, where we're
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finding delays on the outer loop of the beltway northbound toward central avenue. that's where we had the wreck. that activity cleared to the shoulder and the damage is done. yes, the truck is still there broken down on the inner loop toute bound route 4. that is still there with traffic squeezing by to the left. traveling 395, slow past seminary road across the 14th street bridge where the lanes are open. the remains of the bus fire, approaching the robinson terminal. still there, two lanes get by. continue southbound along 95. a crash at quantico. still slow at 7100 to 123 and nutley street to the beltway. inside the beltway, there are delays through falls church. that's a check of your fox 5 on- time traffic. everybody agrees it is a nasty habit but a new study shows that quitting smoking could be harder to do than
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first thought. the data reveals that althoughis smoking rates have -- reveal that's although smoking rates have dropped, one in five are still lighting up on a regular basis. >> i am a guilty smoker, but i still do it any wear. >> reporter: but even more alarming, teens aren't getting the mess angs been the message at the rate of smoking. they are still puffing away. >> they are not quite aware of the risks involved. >> reporter: cardiologists say there is no magic bullet for quitting, but if you can, you reduce your risk of a heart attack by a year. stay smoke-free for years and it's like you never smoked at all. >> so it's good news for people to say i've been smoking for 20 years. >> reporter: each year smokers try to quit yet less than 5% succeed in quitting for three months or more. >> i tried it cold turkey and it didn't work. >> after quicking the habit for
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12 years, stacy matthews is back at it again, trying to quit for the second time with the help of electronic cigarettes. >> these are the cartridges. you charge this part, it has the battery in it. and this part has the nicotine. >> reporter: matthews said she's cut her smoking in half but experts say it is best to talk to your doctor about making a plan to kick your unique habit. >> people smoke for a variety of reasons and the best way to get at what is right for any particular person on how to quit smoking is going to be looking at that individual. >> also the centers for disease control found that more than half of children age 3 to 11 are exposed to secondhand smoke and nearly all children who live with smokers have toxins in their body. and now researchers found
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those who eat low cash diets -- low carb diets had an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. men who brag that they can still fit into their size 36 pants may have another thing coming as esquire magazine measured several brands of pants labeled at 36-inch waist and found they are bigger than that. the closest was at h&m, their 36 is measured at 37. old navy is most off. if you are squeezing into the 36-inch waist, most likely you are a 41-inch waist. this is vanity sizing and makes shoppers feel better about themself. but in the cold, hard reality, it doesn't feel good. >> but i might go to that manufacturer. >> and when somebody says what
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welcome back. new unemployment numbers are into the news room. new filings fell to a two-month low. now claims lunched by 27,000 to 451,000. economists say it is an encouraging sign that companies aren't resorting to doper
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welcome back. seasons may change but one thing is certain year round, plants, evergreen and shrubs need regular maintenance. recently i had a chat with derek thomas about some of the questions that you, the viewers at home, have asked him about how to get longer life for your plants and your shrubs and here is what derek had to say. >> today we are asking derek thomas from thomas landscapes to answer some questions that some of you viewers at home have and some questions that you get asked by people on the street, right? >> absolutely. >> and the first question today is talking about which plants you should plant near each other. like some people, some plants get along better with other plants, right? >> right. and you want to make sure, and this is where i say, if you are
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in doubt go to a garden center or consult a expert or go on the internet because there is a lot of information on the internet. and so to make sure that your plants play nice, they have similar requirements. in other words, you have plants that will only thrive in full sun or that you were mentioning your dad is in orchids, they like to have a shade canopy because they grow under the canopy of the tree. >> so don't put that with something that needs a lot of sun. >> because what will end up happening is that the plant that needs shade will get sun burned. and the one that will need sun will not thrive and not have the nice compact growth that you want. >> and if we use these as an example, it depends on where we
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are in our landscaping setup. >> for instance, this little globe is a beautiful plant. you see it and want to get it home and get it into the spot and suddenly it's going to quadruple in size over time. so make sure that you plant it -- the right plant for the right place also. so not only are they going to get along but make sure they are in the proper order. >> you don't want one outgrowing the other. >> and the difference between carrying for a plant versus your vegetable garden, is there a big difference in maintaining these? >> again, do your research. all vegetables need six hours of sun. and where a lot of people will fail is that they won't check out the site where they want to put their vegetable garden in. many times we get called out and people are like my tomatoes did horribly and they are planted on the north side of e and they have no reason to
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grow. so vegetables need six hours of sunlight. and a vegetable garden can usually take a higher nitrogen fertilizer because you want to elicit that initial growth. but once the growth has happened, then you want to boost up the phosphate because that will produce the veggies. and you want to know that. now with most of the plants that you see here, your evergreens for instance, you don't want to give them a high nitrogen fertilizer, but you want something slower in the nitrogen release to sustain the green. >> we're starting a new garden, another question, what are some of the biggest mistakes that people make and i think a lot of it gets down to the moisture. people get excited and put a lot of water on them to make sure they grow pretty and is that a mistake? >> you can water dependent on the temperatures.
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but over watering is a big problem. make sure first and foremost that you don't create a compacted soil in your gand -- garden. and if you get out there after it rains and if you pick up a chunk of soil in your hand and you can squeeze water out of it, stay out of the garden. wait until it easily breaks apart because that way you won't compact the oil and you won't over water because your soil will have proper drainage. and then don't plant things too close together. keep in mind, say for instance this plant here. even though it is in a 1 gallon container, this is a stumping plant. >> just like people, they need a little room to breathe. >> you need your square foot of space. >> derek, thanks a lot. always a pleasure.
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we put some more advice on our website. go to and we hope we asked a few of your questions this morning. thanks a lot. >> thank you. >> and jerry is back next week with how to help the outdoor plants do the transition indoors as we get ready for the colder weather ahead. >> it's coming. it is 8:49 right now, 66 degrees on a thursday morning. over 25 area theater and performing art gripes are -- groups are participating in this year's art on foot. >> holly is downtown to feature the visual arts and performance. i saw everything set up down by verizon center. it looks like a great show. >> it is a annual festival. it kicks off the fall art season here in d.c. the four- day event that culminates with a festival on saturday and tens of thousands people come out and experience all that the d.c. art seen has to offer. michael con is from the shakespeare theater.
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good morning to you. >> good morning. >> are you ready for a good fall season? >> we are. >> and what do you have going on? >> a city that has never been able to keep a secret is the secret of a great artist. the versatility and variety and so we're going to kick it off with 28 performances every hour between 4:00 and 1:00 where dance and theater and music companies are all going to be performing and show washington what they have here. >> reporter: and what is the best way for people to -- there is three different areas to get in? >> just come an hour before and get your tickets for the hour to come. if you want to stay all day, you have to keep getting online. >> reporter: keep getting the tickets. you talked about this being a little bit of a secret. in terms of a performance arts
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how would you describe it? >> when i came here there was opportunity theater dance and two dance companies. but now there are more. and the great thing about washington is the audiences come. some towns they go to restaurants, here they go to the theater and they go to the arts. and it's just terrific. >> and the bring thing that i guess a sense of it how is the community is coming together to support each other. >> and it's a free festival so it's a wonderful place to bring your kids, go shopping, see art, eat something and have a terrific day of art. >> reporter: thank you for coming out. we're being entertained by flam everyona. good morning to you. you are beautiful. >> thank you. >> reporter: tell me about playing. >> we are a washington, d.c.
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based company. we are with the dance center and we love to bring some salsa to this area. >> reporter: and there are few dancers as passionate. i love flamenco. how would you describe it? >> i think it's fire, passion, emotion, it's a smorgasbord of feelings. and it's like your diary in front of you. >> reporter: that everybody gets to read. i'm going to hand the stage over and they're going to do some work for us. [ music ]
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♪ >> reporter: the washington examiner arts on foot. the art market going on as we speak right outside of the portrait gallery. and then on saturday is the big festival which covers an if area and encompassed all that the arts has to offer here. is our website if you want to find out what is happening and where. creative cuisine part of this event and we'll check that out in the 9:00 hour. back to you. >> thank you, holly. she is quickly becoming a fox 5 favorite and she's back with us again today. just ahead, judge jeannine piro will join us. >> what a big personality. and then last winter we saw a lot of snow. what is behind us and what is
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tell you who mayor fenty is reaching out to for an endorsement. plus she lays down the law. judge jeannine piro doesn't mix words and her new season is underway here on fox 5. judge piro joins us live to talk about what we can expect on the new season and we'll talk about some of the news of the day. then last winter we saw a record amount of snow. we had a stormy summer too. so what is in store this year? folks with the farmer's almanac will join us with their predictions coming up. >> always fascinating to talk to them. they have a pretty good accuracy rate with the books. looking forward to talking to the editor. >> me too, or maybe not. >> depending on if it's rough. >> i've read ahead and there is interesting stuff in there. and in the meantime, gwen tolbert is here with us today with a look at our day. >> we're starting out very, very cool this morning. yesterday you would have thought it was the


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